A piece of code during job interview

“Do you have any further questions?”
“Thank you then, we will contact you.”

I left. When I was outside, I thought: they didn’t ask me to write a piece of code! I was asked, what’s the difference between __getattr__ and __getattribute__, but they didn’t want to see, how do I actually write code.

My favorite author, Joel Spolsky, writes:

Would you hire a magician without asking them to show you some magic tricks? Of course not.

That’s right… so I wasn’t asked to do any tricks nor asked about programming techniques. But I was asked about desired salary, which is always a tough part. I guess a company knows better, how much money it has for an employee. I was told I asked for too much (but they always say that, don’t they?).

So maybe next time I should…

“Do you have any further questions?”
“Yes. Why haven’t you ask me to write a piece of code?”

Or maybe I shouldn’t? It could question the competences of the person interviewing me. I’m not sure if that’s a desired attitude. It could be even perceived insolent.

Maybe it’s about the way of asking the question? For example: “I thought I would be asked to write a piece of code.” Or maybe there’s no right way to say it? Maybe it’s better to keep for myself the thought that they should’ve asked me?

One Response to “A piece of code during job interview”

  1. lenina Says:

    no, confront them! Unless you’re desparate for the job/money. Maybe they were so impressed by you and your CV that they didn’t consider it necessary for you to demonstrate your abilities😉

    I’ve got an interview on Wednesday (job for a big media corporation), and I’m dreading the ‘salary’ question. I know how much I want, but the tricky thing is how to go about it. How to achieve the desired result. I know what my predecessor got as he’s a mate of mine. So I think I’ll just ask for the same (though I’m more qualified I think..). Or I’ll go a bit higher so they can offer me less😀

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